Times Square is world famous for its towering billboards, Naked Cowboy and camera-toting, souvenir-hungry visitor hordes. But on Thursday, March 7th, the Midtown tourist Mecca played host to an altogether different sort of company: the Decibel Magazine Tour 2019 boasting the tasty extreme-metal lineup of Blood Incantation, Necrot, Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel. Hate Eternal's Erik Rutan played with Corpse, taking up lead guitar duties in the place of embattled shredder Pat O'Brien, while frontman George "Corpsegrinder" Fischer worked out his already inhuman-sized neck with a regimen of windmill headbanging. As for co-headliners Morbid Angel, they appeared helmed by vocalist-bassist Steve Tucker, who rained brutality through a set that spanned from classic cuts like "Abominations" to uncompromising recent singles such as "Piles of Little Arms." Photographer Nathaniel Shannon was there in the pit to capture all the sweaty action — see an array of his gnarly and epic pics below.
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